Okay, tough loss but going into this game I was just kinda hoping we did not get blown out and if you told me we'd turn the ball over two times and the Colts don't turn it over once, I would say we'd probably lose by 3 touchdowns. Instead we gave them a heck of a game, nothing to be ashamed off. Singletary had these guys ready to play and Manusky put together a great gameplan against Peyton Manning who clearly was confused and frustrated. The defense played really well, they played their hearts out and you couldn't expect more out of them. BTW, boy was I wrong, Nate Clements did get demoted (at least for this game) and of course he may be done for th season.
On offense, I thought losing Joe Staley on the 1st play of the game would spell disaster but Sims played okay. Okay lets get to Jimmy Raye, people are complaining he was to conservative and did not spread it out enough, look I was not happy when we hired Raye and I haven't certainly been impressed with him as our OC so far this season but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt today that he had to keep guys and a go to some bunch formations as he would spread it out as much as we or he would like, Sims and Snyder would be totally exposed. I think he needed to keep the formations a little more tight and bunched otherwise I think Sims and Snyder would have struggled more. That is just my opinion. I know Alex Smith and the offense looked great on that 92 yard drive late in the 1st half and we had them spread out a bit and we went to a hurry up (I do think we should go hurry up a bit more) but you see what happens when it is 3rd and long and Snyder and Sims are left one on one against Freeney and Mathis, they get beat bad! Also the bottom line is I doubt Singletary wants us to spread it out and throw it as much as some of us would like so again, I can't really blame Raye. Also, this O-Line just sucks. They cannot run block for sh!t.
Some thoughts on individual players:
Alex Smith: I had faith in Alex going into this game but I was hoping he would not bomb and he did not. He played well, he looked great on that 92yard drive and for the most part he played a really nice game, esspecially when you consider he did not have much of a running game. The difference in Alex's play now is when things break down he does not put his head down and roll out to the right side and throw the ball away. Now he can improvise when the pockets breaks down and I think he sees the whole field. He also a heck of an arm and release! I think he will be fine.
Michael Crabtree: Dropped one but had 6 catches for 81yds and made some big catches on 3rd downs. He is a player, we know that. I do wish we would have thrown him the ball a bit more down the field going up against the Colts rookie corner(s).
Issac Bruce: He sucks! He dropped one easy ball on a 3rd down that would have gotten a 1st down. Made no effort on another ball that was thrown behind him but was catchable and on Crabtree's fumble he made no effort to get the ball as he just stood up and watched. Get him off the field, he is washed up and I don't think he even wants to be out there.
Frank Gore: He is great, even with no running room he finds a way to get close to 100 rushing yards and he made two nice catches that should of went for a yard or two and he got 8 or 9 on each of them. Plus you can't say enough about how good of a blocker he is and protecting the QB. I just hope we are not wasting his good years with the s**tty O-line we have in front of him.
Justin Smith: He needs to be in the pro bowl.
Interior D-Line: Ray McDonald, Soaps, Franklin, these guys played really well.
Parys Haralson: Once again did nothing, he is a backup.
Patrick Willis: Back in form!
Dashon Goldson: Played really well, was all over the field and seemed to do a good job calling the plays. You can tell he is becoming the defensive leader the way he is communicating with the defensive players and getting them motivated.
Tarrell Brown: Solid game!
Punt Return posistion: Clements was doing a nice job but of course he got hut and while I wanted Brandon Jones back there and he got in there to replace Clements, man oh man fielding the ball at the 2 or 3 yard line...Are you kidding me? Can't really blame him though as I don't know how much work/practice has gotten at punt returner this week or the whole season.
Coverage units: Michael Robinson and Marcus Hudson are as good as it gets for cover guys on ST's.
Okay so moving forward, tough loss, I thought we outplayed the Colts and man if we could of won today we would be tied with Arizona for 1st place. I think losing Nate Clements is going to be big. I personally thought he had been playing well and now we are thin at corner and Tarrell Brown and Shawntae Spencer are two guys who have struggled staying healthy in the past. Plus Clements was our most physical corner and we will miss him when we play teams like Arizona. I am encouraged, I think Alex Smith is finally/has become the QB we thought he would be and he has some great young weapons in Crabtree and Vernon Davis (we need to get Morgan out there more and Bruce less). The question moving forward is can Jimmy Raye be creative enough with these guys or is he being held back Singletary and/or a crappy offensive line? Man if we can get this O-Line fixed next year, I think this offense can be really, really good. Provided they are given the oppurtunity to make plays.
The defense is fine, yes we lack a big time pass rusher but I think that is really the only big hole on the team, yeah we could use another safety but I think Curtis Taylor or Reggie Smith (if he can ever stay healthy) can be players next year. If this defense gets a top notch or even a very good pass rusher, it's going to be a scary defense! That being said, I don't know, I think losing Clements is going to hurt us. He was generally matched up against the opponents top WR's and he had the swagger and confidence to do and generally he played very well against top flight WR's (he struggled against lesser WR's).
Thats all I got for right now